Could I combine a v-Drum Sander and Thickness Sander?

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Forum topic by Tyler Moseley posted 12-07-2010 11:13 PM 1535 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyler Moseley

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12-07-2010 11:13 PM

I built a 13” thickness sander a few years ago from the plans online. Then I regrettably sold it and now I am recollecting tools I want another one.

The thing is I would also really like a v-drum sander for various purposes and don’t really want to buy two full sets of parts. My idea was to simply add a table to the top of a thickness sander that would serve as the v-drum table and fold up out of the way to thickness plane and to put a quick release style dust collection hood in it’s place.

One problem I foresee right away is dust collection for the v-drum operation. I would probably put the motor in a cabinet below and add some kind of removable shroud.

I haven’t seen anyone attempt this so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions or problems that I may not be seeing with the concept or if anyone has seen one done before?

-- Measure Twice, cut two, three times, plane, join, sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, coat, buff, wax, polish, brag. It's a process.

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 11:56 PM


I brought this up a while ago:

The consensus seemed to be that the drum would have to be interchangeable: the v-drum sander uses hook and loop sandpaper while a thickness sander would use PSA sandpaper. I’m not totally convinced that a v-drum sander couldn’t be made with PSA sandpaper, but I’ve never done it. Good luck!


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#2 posted 12-08-2010 12:18 AM

why not its just a matter of making the toptable to a V-drum sander and attatch it to the thicness sander
and make it so its easy to take of


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#3 posted 12-08-2010 02:00 AM

I have done just what you are talking about. I will say I think it functions better as a v-drum.
The main problem I see with the thickness sander part is the manual feed. Manual feed works fine when the pieces are long enough but I wouldn’t want to try to thickness a piece that is only around a foot or so long with manual feed. I used a 5” diameter drum covered in H&L for both operations. Keep in mind the infeed side for thicknessing is opposite that used for jointing(v-drum mode). All that said my sander sits now as a v-drum with the table for the thickness sander off. The table is simply a board hinged at the outfeed side with a bolt used on the infeed side to raise/ lower the table. The way I made it (probably a permanent prototype) I have to take the table off to put a dust shroud on so I can collect the dust in v drum mode. To change it back to thickness would probably only take 5-10 minutes if I could find the table to put it on.
I think this would be a great combo machine if I could come up with powerfeed for it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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